Raging Bull

Raging Bull

Martin Scorsese (1980)

123min
18 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Critics and film-makers are always being asked to reel off their desert island films: this, without question, is one such great. Director Martin Scorsese makes no concession to character likeability here as he charts Jake La Motta's downward slide from arrogant prizefighter to frustrated, hateful dropout. Robert De Niro, who piled on the pounds to play the latter-day La Motta, proves he is the ultimate Method actor, both utterly convincing in the ring (the brutal fight sequences are spectacularly staged) and as the empty barrel abusing everyone (including his wife, Cathy Moriarty, and brother, Joe Pesci) at home. Scorsese effortlessly fuses top-drawer acting (De Niro rightly won a best actor Oscar for his efforts), pumping narrative drive and blitzkrieg camera technique to deliver a giddy, claustrophobic classic.

Summary

Biopic of boxer Jake LaMotta, who rose to fame as the world middleweight champion in the 1940s. His career was marred by an inability to deal with his anger, leaving his family bearing the brunt of his rage and paranoia. Directed by Martin Scorsese and starring an Oscar-winning Robert De Niro alongside Joe Pesci and Cathy Moriarty.

Cast & Crew

Jake LaMotta Robert De Niro
Joey LaMotta Joe Pesci
Vickie LaMotta Cathy Moriarty
Salvy Frank Vincent
Tommy Como Nicholas Colasanto
Lenore Theresa Saldana
Mario Mario Gallo
Patsy Frank Adonis
Director Martin Scorsese
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Park CircusGuidance: Contains violence and swearing. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Drama